Friday, November 13, 2009

Know Your Stuff for America Recycles Day

CENYC's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education publish a great NYC Recycling Updates...Here's one article:

Recycling and the Climate Change Connection

Evidence continues to mount that the simple acts of buying wisely and choosing the recycling bin over the garbage container can go a long way towards keeping the planet cooler. Two recent studies suggest that 37-44% of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions result from products and packaging. The reports, issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Product Policy Institute (PPI), examine the lifecycle of products from extraction of raw materials through transport and disposal. While just 5% of U.S. GHG emissions come from residential energy use, 29% are created by the provision of goods that we buy and throw away (excluding food). In 2006 U.S. municipal recycling programs resulted in the avoidance of 183 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2E) in GHG emissions. The report estimates that a 50-100% increase in recycling would avoid another 70-300 MMTCO2E. Changes in packaging and product stewardship by manufacturers would further reduce emissions.

Click here to learn what you can recycle in NYC.

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